The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Cherington: Ellsbury 'has a lot to play for'
Sat, 02/16/2013 - 3:27pm  

Cherington: Ellsbury 'has a lot to play for'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox GM Ben Cherington offered thoughts on a number of topics at JetBlue Park following the Sox’ full workout today. Among them:

With Jacoby Ellsbury entering his final season before he becomes eligible for free agency, Cherington suggested that he doesn’t have any concerns that his uncertain contract status will become an issue for the player or team.

“I really don’t see it as a distraction at all. He’s a very routine-oriented, regimented player who takes care of himself, has always done that, obviously talented, knows what he needs to do to get ready for a season. And he’s got a lot to play for,” said Cherington. “He’s missed time two of the last three seasons because of traumatic, on-field injuries. You can’t fault him for that. Obviously we know how good he was when he was healthy in 2011. I just think he’s really excited to feel good, motivated to play this year. I don’t think he’s distracted at all.”

– The Red Sox medical staff has come under recent scrutiny, with an ESPNBoston.com report describing “open warfare” between factions of the team’s medical staff in recent years. However, Cherington noted that the team has spent the last two offseasons restructuring its medical staff and parting ways with some of the individuals (former team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, former team trainer Mike Reinold) who have been at the heart of those controversies.

“As everyone knows, we’ve gone through quite a bit of change the last two years. We really had a two-year process of reorganizing the medical staff. This offseason was Year Two of two years,” said Cherington. “It was all done with the intent of putting not just the most talented group together, but a group that would work together seamlessly, put the players first and earn the players’ trust and develop credibility with the players. There’s a number of changes that have happened toward that goal. The irony is that if things are going well in that area, we’re not talking about it nearly as much as we have, and you’re not hearing from the medical staff. That’s our hope going forward, that we’re hearing from the guys in uniform a lot more and the guys in the training room less. That’s our expectation. Everything that I’ve seen, these stories that have been out there, they’re really about things that happened in the past and not things going on right now. Our focus is right now.”

Cherington said that while there’s been some discussion of employing Reinold in some capacity (likely as a consultant), there is no such agreement in place right now.

– Though Cherington said that Mike Napoli and David Ortiz might not be playing in the first games of the spring training season, he suggested that the outlook for both sluggers is promising. An MRI on Thursday showed that Napoli’s hips have not deteriorated since he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis. As such, he’s been cleared for an increase in activity. Cherington said that Ortiz is “in great shape,” noting that he’s taking some ground balls at first base in addition to hitting. That, suggested Cherington, bodes well for his availability at the start of the regular season.

“We’re probably going to play cautious a little bit with both guys,” said Cherington. “We’ve got a fair amount of time in camp. We’re much more concerned about the 162-game schedule than we are the spring training schedule.”

– Asked about the recent suggestion by Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford that the environment around the Sox was “toxic,” and former Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez‘s claim that the organization was hindered by communications issues at the management level, Cherington felt little need to offer a rebuttal.

“We made a trade last year as everyone knows. It was a trade we felt made sense for the team at the time,” he said. “It was not about the players involved, in terms of any issues we had with them. Nick Punto, Josh Beckett, along with Adrian and Carl, good guys, talented players, certainly some of those guys had done a lot for the Red Sox over a long period of time. At the time, I said I wish them well, and I still wish them well. Again, we’re focused on the guys we have here now.”

– While the idea of carrying 13 pitchers to open the season is a possibility, Cherington stated a clear preference to go with 12, especially given that Ortiz is a full-time DH who offers little positional depth.




Audio On Demand

Michael Irvin with Dale a…

Michael Irvin with Dale and Holley

We check in with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin joins us for his weekly conversation about the NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how Patriots-Lions might play out.

Kyle Arrington previews Pats-Lions 11-21-14

Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions

11-19-14-TragsPriceWedsCast

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Lions game and discuss what the Pats offense needs to do against Detroit's front seven, as well as what the Pats defense can do against Calvin Johnson.

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Mar…

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

WHDW - Greg Dickerson Joins the Show to talk Celtics

Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.

Kyle Draper, Comcast Sports New England, Celtics will compete for a playoff spot this season

Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston

Hot Stove Show 11-20-14

Hot Stove Show 11-20-14

The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.

Hot Stove Show 11-13-14

The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b

Rob Bradford, WEEI.com, checks in from the GM meetings in Arizona, 11-11-14

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford checks in with the show to give us some updates on what's happening in Phoenix. The Sox are rumored to be interested in Pablo Sandoval, Cole Hammels would have to approve a trade to Boston, and Gordon Edes says that Jon Lester re-signing with club is still a possibility.

NESN's Jack Edwards with …

NESN's Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.

Andy Brickley, NESN, talks about the Bruins 2-0 win over St. Louis, 11-19-14

Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports. NHL should have a coach's challenge 11-13-14

Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!

Boston College Steve Adda…

Boston College Steve Addazio on Florida State 11-21-14

BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.

Rodney Harrison on Gronk 11-21-14

Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: President Obama's new immigration policy 11-21-14

The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Christian's Dad, Detectiv…

Christian's Dad, Detective Fauria tales for VICE squad 11-21-14

Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.

Kyle Arrington previews Pats-Lions 11-21-14

Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions

Christian Fauria prank calls Detroit sports radio 97.1 The Ticket; praises nephew Joseph Fauria 11-21-14

Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.

Michael Irvin: Bill Belic…

Michael Irvin: Bill Belichick manages people as well as he manages X's and O's

We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.

Great week turns sour for Jonas Gray as he reportedly gets sent home for being late to practice

Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.

Which Patriots team do the 2014 Patriots remind you most of?

We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.

Brandon Alisoglu gives us…

Brandon Alisoglu gives us an analysis of the Lions

Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.

Cold, Hard Football Talk

Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.

Wonderin' Why the Lions Suck

Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.

UnSportsManLike Podcast -…

UnSportsManLike Podcast - 30 for 30 Ideas 11-21-14

Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.

College Puckcast with Andy Merritt and Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy

Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Mike Mutnansky Talks Hated Players and Rajon Rondo.

Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.

Christian Fauria prank ca…

Christian Fauria prank calls Detroit sports radio WDFN; praises nephew Joseph Fauria

Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.

More from this show

Adam Schefter: I'm pickin…

Adam Schefter: I'm picking Detriot 11-21-14

Adam Schefter joins the guys to give his prediction for Pats-Lions, talks about the snow in Buffalo, and the Adrian Peterson saga.

More from this show

The Patriots win again wi…

The Patriots win again without taking the field 11-21-14

The guys opened the show discussing the Raiders win over the Chiefs.

More from this show

Rob Bradford with the lat…

Rob Bradford with the latest on Jon Lester

Bradford joined the show with the latest on the Red Sox off-season moves.

More from this show

Rodney Harrison on Gronk …

Rodney Harrison on Gronk 11-21-14

Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.

More from this show

Weei Writers